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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson the last of his kind?    Sat Feb 13, 08:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was the only player to have more than 300 carries last year, and retired RB Emmitt Smith believes that if Peterson doesn't break the all-time rushing record, no one will.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson posts fewer receptions    Mon Jan 11, 01:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson caught only 30 passes this season even though the team said they wanted to throw to him more often in order to reduce some of the hits he receives as a runner. He was targeted only 36 times, which was fewer than all but two seasons during his career.

Footballguys view: With Jerick McKinnon emerging as a fine running back himself, the team didn't have to use Peterson much as a receiver. Next season, we should continue to see McKinnon featured as a pass-catching and change-of-pace back behind Peterson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to work on ball security    Mon Jan 11, 01:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said his top priority this offseason will be working on cutting down on his fumbles. Peterson fumbled eight times this season and lost four of the fumbles.

Footballguys view: Peterson's fumble against the Seahawks turned the tide in favor of Seattle. The Vikings fought back, but missed a chip-shot field goal to win the game.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson held in check    Sun Jan 10, 05:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 45 yards on 23 carries during the wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Peterson's fumble late in the game helped the Seahawks get the lead. The weather certainly played a factor as to why this was such a low-scoring game.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson will play    Fri Jan 8, 04:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) is listed as probable for the wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 10.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson practices    Fri Jan 8, 12:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) returned to practice Friday, Jan. 8.

Footballguys view: Just as we expected, Peterson would get some rest then get back to the playing field. It's going to be a cold day in Minnesota, with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees. That sure sounds like a day to pound the rock on the ground, and that's the plan the Vikings will have for Seattle on Sunday.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits Thursday    Thu Jan 7, 12:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) is out of practice Thursday, Jan. 7.

Footballguys view: It's just rest so he is fresh against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense. Peterson is one of the safer bets in fantasy this weekend and we would pay up for him in daily contests as well.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits out    Wed Jan 6, 05:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Footballguys view: Meh. It's Wednesday, and we're not that worried. Peterson should be ready to rock for Sunday's game at home against the Seahawks.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson secures rushing title    Mon Jan 4, 01:57 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) ran 19 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he added one reception for just one yard. His production was good enough to secure his third-career NFL rushing title.

Footballguys view: Peterson finishes with 1,485 rushing yards this year. After missing most of last year, nobody should be surprised that Peterson came back with a vengeance. We'll see how far he can lead the Vikings in the postseason.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson return to game    Sun Jan 3, 10:59 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) returned to the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers late in the fourth quarter.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson goes to locker room    Sun Jan 3, 10:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) went to the locker room in the third quarter of the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a back injury. He is questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ready to run    Sun Jan 3, 07:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active for the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson returns to practice    Fri Jan 1, 12:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder, ankle) returned to practice Friday, Jan. 1.

Footballguys view: Peterson is of course an elite running back this week for Week 17 Super Bowls, as the Vikings should give the NFC a preview of what they'll have to contain if the Vikings can keep a game on a low scoring track.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson doing individual work    Thu Dec 31, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) was restricted to individual work without a helmet Thursday, Dec. 31.

Footballguys view: Expect a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson against a poor Green Bay run defense. Peterson is a solid RB1 start this week in a huge game for both the Vikings and Packers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not practicing    Wed Dec 30, 05:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is not taking part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Footballguys view: It's Wednesday, so we're not too worried about it. Watch for him to practice fully on Friday before trusting him as a fantasy starter (or DFS play) in Week 17 against the Packers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson takes rushing lead    Mon Dec 28, 12:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the New York Giants, and he added one catch for 15 yards.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson active for SNF    Sun Dec 27, 07:28 PM

As expected, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active and starting in Week 16 against the New York Giants.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson listed as probable    Fri Dec 25, 03:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is listed as probable for the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.

Footballguys view: Play Peterson as you normally would. There's a little risk of re-injury or ineffective play, but running back is so thin now that you shouldn't get cute with this decision because of his status.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not practicing    Thu Dec 24, 03:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) sat out of practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: Peterson needs rest, so this is nothing to be concerned about. We like him as an RB1 this weekend against a vulnerable Giants defense.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson limited    Thu Dec 24, 12:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) wasn't doing much during the open portion of practice Thursday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: We're sure that the Vikings will keep an eye on Peterson and the score, as if they make the playoffs he is a huge part of their plan to advance. We think he will put up RB1 numbers this week against a vulnerable Giants defense even if the team gets out ahead and he rests a bit in the second half.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson absent from practice    Wed Dec 23, 06:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to remain focal point    Tue Dec 22, 09:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) will continue to remain the focal point of the offense, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'I don't particularly see us as a team that's going to be throwing the ball every play,' Zimmer said. 'That's just not who we are right now.'

Footballguys view: Peterson should remain the focal point. He got banged up last week against the Bears, but Peterson should resume his normal RB1 level of production for fantasy owners in Week 16.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson is alright    Mon Dec 21, 05:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) will be alright after suffering an ankle injury in Week 15, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners may not be alright if they started Peterson on Sunday. He finished the game with only 63 yards on 18 carries. Monitor his status during the week of practice, but if he's playing then we're playing him in championship week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson unsure about MRI    Sun Dec 20, 09:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) said Sunday, Dec. 20, that he sprained his left ankle in the second quarter of the Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears. He returned in the third quarter, but still might need an MRI Monday, Dec. 21.

Footballguys view: Even if Peterson plays next week, it's very possible that he is limited by this injury. You have to play him if he's active, but this casts a shadow over the finals for teams that survived this guy by Peterson. He draws the Giants next week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson quiet in Week 15    Sun Dec 20, 05:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) rushed for 63 yards on 18 carries against the Chicago Bears in Week 15.

Footballguys view: Peterson left for part of the first half and didn't look the same in the second half. His ability to help fantasy teams win titles next week against the Giants is in question.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson suffers minor injury    Sun Dec 20, 02:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the team's Week 15 game but is considered probable to return.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater better in shotgun    Thu Dec 10, 03:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has been better in shotgun than under center this year. He's thrown an interception on 2.0% of his passes on plays in shotgun compared to 3.3% when he's under center. Six of his eight touchdowns this year have come out of shotgun formation. However, RB Adrian Peterson is more comfortable with Bridgewater under center, as all eight of Peterson's touchdown runs have come with Bridgewater under center. Peterson is averaging 5.3 yards per rush with Bridgewater under center compared to just 2.2 yards per rush in shotgun.

Footballguys view: We know this. We assume the Vikings know this. Everyone knows this. However, as this offense has insisted that Adrian Peterson is the only guy who can run the offense effectively from behind a trashy offensive line. He cannot or will not take a handoff from shotgun or pistol formations so the offense has required Bridgewater to be under center. Couple that with offensive coordinator Norv Turner's insistence Bridgewater use 7-step drops and the quarterback is not being put in a position to succeed. The offense needs him to throw short, quick passes to get the ball out of his hands and until that happens, he will be unreliable as a fantasy quarterback. We certainly wouldn't start him against Arizona Thursday night. He's no more than a QB3/QB4.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not happy with carries    Mon Dec 7, 12:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who was held to just 18 yards on eight carries in the Week 13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, hinted that he's not happy with his number of carries. 'As one of the leaders on the team, seeing how the running game has been all season, you definitely want to be able to go out and establish the run and let things feed off of that,' Peterson said. 'To finish with eight carries, it's tough. I feel like we're able to sit back, evaluate some things again and get back to what we do.' Peterson met with head coach Mike Zimmer after the game to share his concerns after receiving only 13 carries Nov. 22, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Last week, things were different as Peterson toted the rock 29 times. This week, they found themselves down 21-0 at halftime against Seattle. Peterson carried the ball the first two times in the second half but didn't have a carry after that. We expect things to be improved here, but falling down by three touchdowns is not a gamescript this team can come back from.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson held in check    Sun Dec 6, 05:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 18 yards on eight carries against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13.

Footballguys view: The Vikings offense was easily stifled by the Seahawks, who had been vulnerable against Pittsburgh and Arizona in recent weeks. They have to turn around and play at Arizona on Thursday. We'll start Peterson, but this game raises the spectre of a very low floor if the Vikings fall behind early.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson scores twice    Sun Nov 29, 05:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in the team's Week 12 game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: Peterson is defying his age and defying the notion that running backs wear down with more work. For the second straight week, he finished off an opponent with a long touchdown run late. The Seahawks won't roll over as easily next week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson leads in fumbles    Mon Nov 23, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson leads all running backs with six fumbles on the season.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson held in check    Sun Nov 22, 09:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had 13 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown and lost a fumble in a 30-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 11.

Footballguys view: Peterson never got in a rhythm as the Vikings rarely got drives strung together against an inspired Packers defense. He's still a top 3 RB going into Atlanta this week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson expected to play    Fri Nov 20, 03:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 20, and is listed as probable for the Week 11 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson listed as limited    Thu Nov 19, 06:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: They're going to ride Peterson this week and every week going forward, so he should be a solid RB1 this week against the Packers and most weeks from here on out.

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  Vikings | Minnesota favors power-running game    Thu Nov 19, 12:20 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have become a power-running team once again with RB Adrian Peterson back, and they include a lot of two-tight end sets. Last year they mainly had QB Teddy Bridgewater in shotgun formation in the absence of Peterson, and Bridgewater ran 64.8% of the plays out of the shotgun or pistol formation. Bridgewater has been under center in 2015 52.6% of the time and have the best rushing attack in the NFC.

Footballguys view: The team has become much more conservative as they have taken over the NFC North. With more to lose, they have decided to protect Bridgewater by running Adrian Peterson and limiting Bridgewater's chances to make a mistake. While this will stunt Bridgewater's development, it is good for the Vikings' playoff chances. It's also good for Peterson owners, as he is a solid RB1 again this weekend. Bridgewater remains a shaky QB2.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson expected to play    Wed Nov 18, 06:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's (hamstring) injury isn't expected to keep him out in Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Start him as you normally would...sit back, and enjoy the week with Peterson as your RB1.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has limited practice    Wed Nov 18, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson tops 200 yards    Sun Nov 15, 08:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had 26 carries for 203 yards and a touchdown in a 30-14 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 10, giving him a record-tying six 200-yard rushing games for his career.

Footballguys view: Peterson capped off the win with an 80 yard touchdown run, and the 30-year-old appears to be getting stronger as the season goes on. Next week he and the Vikings will have a chance to open up a two-game lead on the Packers at home.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still has burst    Tue Nov 10, 04:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reached 19.62 mph on his six-yard touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams in Week 9. No other play in the NFL this year has topped 17.00 mph out of eight other rushing touchdowns from that distance this year.

Footballguys view: The MPH data we're privy to is fascinating. Peterson still has the speed to take it to the house on any given carry.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson routinely good    Sun Nov 8, 06:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed 29 times for 125 yards and found the end zone once in Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams. Peterson added two receptions for 18 yards.

Footballguys view: Peterson is going to be even more important if Teddy Bridgewater is out at Oakland next week. He's been one of the few first-round running backs to return value and avoid catastrophe.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson off injury report    Wed Nov 4, 07:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) is no longer on the team's injury report heading into Week 9.

Footballguys view: It's not a great matchup and he's a bit banged up but we still expect Peterson to be a solid RB1 this week against St. Louis.

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  Vikings | AP wants ten more years    Wed Nov 4, 05:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he can play 10 more years in the NFL. 'If God's willing, I'll just be able to walk away from the game at the highest level whenever I decide,' Peterson said.

Footballguys view: Well, that would be something, though we'd imagine he'd have to expect less money since nobody is going to hand the kind of contract he has to a 3540 year old back. Short term, you should be starting him as an RB1 even in a tough match-up against St. Louis this week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has another good day    Sun Nov 1, 05:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite battling numerous small injuries, rushed for 103 yards on 20 carries in his team's 23-20 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Footballguys view: Peterson kept the offense on schedule on an uneven day for Teddy Bridgewater. He'll face an even tougher challenge next week with the Rams coming down, but he is one of the few first-round fantasy running backs left standing right now.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson listed as probable    Fri Oct 30, 05:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) is listed as probable for the Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 1.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson back at practice    Fri Oct 30, 02:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) is expected to face the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 1, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson back at practice    Fri Oct 30, 01:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) was back at practice Friday, Oct. 30.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson misses practice    Thu Oct 29, 05:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (finger, hip, ankle) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Oct. 29.

Footballguys view: This is a little concerning but the Vikings know what they have in Peterson and want him--need him--to be healthy. He should go this weekend in a good matchup against the Bears and we expect RB1 production from him. Keep it locked here in case he doesn't go Friday in practice as well and we'll keep you steered right.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson does not practice    Wed Oct 28, 05:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, finger, hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Footballguys view: Peterson is just getting a rest so this is nothing to worry about. He should put up RB1 numbers this week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to avoid seafood    Wed Oct 28, 05:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plans to watch his diet more closely after being downgraded to questionable last week when he feel ill after his stomach became upset due to a seafood allergy. His seafood allergy was first discovered in 2012 when he reacted badly to gumbo. Peterson said he had eaten shrimp before the Week 7 game, but he still managed to rush for 98 yards on 19 carries against the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: You'd think after he had a bad reaction to that gumbo but maybe not. Peterson isn't as good as he has been in the past, and certainly not as consistent. We think this week, against a poor Chicago run defense, that the Vikings run Peterson a ton and he puts up RB1 numbers.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson in for big game?    Wed Oct 28, 11:54 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ran for over 200 yards in his last meeting with the Chicago Bears late in 2013. The Vikes and Peterson face the Bears in Week 8. Chicago has the 25th-ranked rushing defense in the league.

Footballguys view: Peterson's production has been a little inconsistent, certainly in terms of yards and there have been times when he has looked a little out of sorts behind a shaky offensive line. That said, he has feasted against poor run defenses and the Bears certainly are that. We'd start him as an RB1 without a second thought.

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